Maturity and self control

“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason? You have been given the principles that you ought to endorse, and you have endorsed them. What kind of teacher, then, are you still waiting for in order to refer your self-improvement to him? You are no longer a boy, but a full-grown man. If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no progress, but you will live and die as someone quite ordinary.
From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress, and make whatever you think best a law that you never set aside. And whenever you encounter anything that is difficult or pleasurable, or highly or lowly regarded, remember that the contest is now: you are at the Olympic Games, you cannot wait any longer, and that your progress is wrecked or preserved by a single day and a single event. That is how Socrates fulfilled himself by attending to nothing except reason in everything he encountered. And you, although you are not yet a Socrates, should live as someone who at least wants to be a Socrates.” ~ Epictetus

Quick Wisdom, Apply Philosophy: On — Privilege

Apply Kant: If everyone has a privilege, no one does.
Apply Ancient Greece: It comes down to an old philosophical question, is it better to be born (value life in principle) or is life a chaotic valueless entity (nbd).
Apply Popper: In the end, we’re all privileged to be alive, viewed from our own perspective. Beyond is unfalsifiable and alters the question to Knowledge Theory.
Apply Aurelius: It shan’t last. You shall die.
Apply Camus: Nothing else beats it. Life is a gift blah blah inspirational rallying cry over a much-needed morning coffee.

Gary Oldman speaks to me on a spiritual level